Getting to the root of plant development: the genetics of Arabidopsis root formation

Trends Genet. 1994 Mar;10(3):84-8. doi: 10.1016/0168-9525(94)90230-5.


Root development in Arabidopsis thaliana is amenable to molecular genetic analyses because of its simplicity and accessibility. Genetic screens have identified a rich collection of mutants that can be used to address a variety of fundamental questions in plant developmental biology. These mutants have defects in genes that govern organ formation, meristem activity, cell differentiation and response to environmental conditions.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Arabidopsis / embryology
  • Arabidopsis / genetics*
  • Arabidopsis / growth & development*
  • Cell Differentiation / genetics
  • Genes, Plant / genetics
  • Morphogenesis / genetics
  • Mutation / physiology